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J Sch Health. 1996 Sep;66(7):237-41.

Community reactions to reproductive health care at three school-based clinics in Louisiana.

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  • 1Dept. of Psychiatry, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans 70112, USA.


Despite the growing success of school-based health care during the past two decades, the issue of providing reproductive health care at school-based health centers remains controversial. In this article, focus group data from three school-based centers in Louisiana, each in different stages of development, demonstrates how the controversies about reproductive health may frame more general concerns about school-based care. In addition, community readiness to address directly problematic sexual behavior relates not only to the specific needs and priorities of the community but to recognition of the negative effect of the consequences of sexual behavior such as pregnancy, high drop out, and absenteeism rates on a community's educational, rather than social, goals and values.

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